Friday, August 7, 2015

Hello, Mr. Chips


British author James Hilton based his best-selling novel, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, on his own father, who was the headmaster of Chapel End School in Walthamstow.  Hilton first sent his story to The Atlantic where it appeared as an article in April, 1934, and it subsequently was published as a novel.
 
Made into a movie in 1939, Goodbye, Mr. Chips is this month's Literary Flick.  It will screen on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's McEntee Meeting Room.

Nearing the end of his long life, Charles Edward Chipping looks back on his career as teacher, first unpopular, and eventually beloved, teaching three generations of British boys. After he retires, he is called back to service due to the shortage of men during World War I. 
 
Robert Donat and Greer Garson
Robert Donat stars as Mr. Chipping and Greer Garson is Kathy Ellis, a feisty English suffragette who becomes his wife. Terry Kilburn stars as John Colley, Peter Colley I, II and III, several generations of pupils from the same family taught by Mr. Chips.

Terry Kilburn and Robert Donat
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards: Outstanding Production; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Writing, Screenplay; Best Film Editing; and Best Sound. 

Robert Donat won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1939 (his sole Oscar win), becoming one of the few non-Gone With the Wind victors - he defeated some of the most famous nominated performances in film history - Clark Gable's performance as Rhett Butler, James Stewart as Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.. 

This program is free and open to the public. 

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